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This week we take a look at the existential question: "Who Am I?" and open ourselves up to rediscovering our authentic self... from the small "i" to the higher "I" and to the larger "we".
Who we are has been buried underneath years of programming, propaganda, as well as personal and popular preferences. We are much more (and also much less) than we think we are.
Our featured articles this week shed light on our ego and our true self; on our human resilience and our divinity; and on our sacred connection and collective purpose or destiny. We are living in a powerful time, and we are reconnecting to our own power -- as individuals and as a group. And InnerSelf authors/articles are shining their light on our journey.
Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also for the recap and link to the numerous articles, on a wide variety of topics, that were added to the website during the week.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, loving, and purpose-full week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Mary Mueller Shutan
There is a certain cosmic joke to the fact that we begin our spiritual journey often wishing to uncover a “true” self—some sort of finally decided, static being. The deep irony is that when we move past our individual wounding, we discover that we are not just one thing: we are a multitude of selves.
Written by Darren Cockburn
The speed at which digital device usage has spread is phenomenal. Many of us are spending hours of our time each day using these devices – usually looking at screens. I’m referring to things like phones, computers, tablets, TVs, virtual reality headsets and smart watches.
Written by Mary S. Corning
The good news about having duality in our perspective is that, at the very least, we have options. We have retained our gift of choice. When we don’t recognize both elements of our perception, it is a safe bet that fear has placed its veil over our heart. When this happens it becomes very hard to differentiate between what is our truth and what is our fear.
Written by Sarah Varcas
Old ways of navigating this life may be falling short of late, with inspiration replaced by a jaded lack of motivation and faith. Growing intensity may feel heavy to many hoping for a lighter wave to ride right now. If that’s you, take heart. Nothing lasts forever, and this solar eclipse reminds us that even in the darkest hour, nourishment is at hand.
Written by Emma Mardlin, Ph.D.
All our fears are unique and different, born out of different experiences and often maintained through subconscious programming throughout life. Conquering such origins of fear once and for all, ultimately will allow you to meet with your life’s goals and purpose. Because at the end of the day, the only thing holding any of us back is ourselves and how we process, manifest and deal with fear.
Written by Simon Chokoisky
Like a mirror, your soul reflects the pure light of the Divine. But over time every mirror becomes dusty—caked and encrusted with the negative conditioning of material reality. Eventually, without attentive upkeep, it may become so grimy that it reflects little to no light. This is when we feel depressed, materialistic—even mean and violent. We see the mud and not the mirror. We identify with the grime, not knowing that just below it the mirror is there, ready to reflect the sun and shine if we only give it a chance.
Written by Carley Mattimore and Linda Star Wolf
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Tarzan, not Jane. Jane was okay, but Tarzan was who I really identified with the most. He could talk to the animals and they talked back to him and they understood each other. There was a bond between them, and the animal and human worlds were able to forge their friendship and loyalty with one another based on a deep level of respect and trust.
Written by Charles Eisenstein
On a country hilltop one fall day, an herbalist challenged me to recall where I'd gotten the belief that I am bad. On a deep emotional level I had, like many of us, long been convinced of my inherent unworthiness. "Who first told you you were bad?" she asked. I couldn't answer...
by Yoga With Adriene
Join me for Yoga For Risk Takers, I dare you! This 26 min session is all about expanding and grounding in honor of…
by ETH Zurich
A new technology produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air.
by Richard J.T. Klein
Agriculture plays a key role in food security in Africa. It is also crucial to the economic sector, accounting for…
by Self Sufficient Me
This video shows what happens when you bury kitchen scraps or waste like bones and meat such as fish in the vegetable…
by April Reese
For almost as long as modern science has been around, the idea that animals can remember past experiences seemed so…
by Sara Twogood
Premenstrual food cravings are the punchline of endless jokes. Like most good jokes, they’re funny because they’re true.
by Christopher P. Holstege
Everything is a toxin, or has the potential to be, in the field of toxicology.
by Guilberly Louissaint
In July, hundreds of pilgrims will make their way to an isolated town in the northwest of Haiti, called Anse-à-Foleur…
by Julien Benoit and Paul Manger
Elephants have long captivated our attention, partly because of their sheer size and majesty. But we’re also struck by…
by Gonzalo R. Quintana Zunino and Conall Eoghan Mac Cionnaith
Humans have discovered an almost infinite amount of ways to have sex — and things to have sex with.
by Viren Swami
“Nice guys finish last” is one of the most widely believed maxims of dating.
by Tim Spector
Humans are complicated, and there are many things that influence our health.
by Christopher Ragan and Courtney Howard
Doctors and economists may seem like strange partners. We spend our days working on very different problems in very…
by Susan M. Shaw
Southern Baptists are arguing again over the role women should play in the church.
by Marilynne R Wood
When the Flint water crisis took place in 2014 and 2015, one of my graduate nursing students decided to get involved.
by Cody Clements
Coral reefs are home to so many species that they often are called “the rainforests of the seas.”
by Heather Alberro
Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our…
by Lincoln Larson and S. Scott Ogletree
Contact with nature reduces stress and aggression, one reason scholars say urban green space may reduce violence.
by Elisabet Englund and Keivan Javanshiri
If you want to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, there is no end of advice on the internettelling you…
by Daniel Smith
Bipolar disorder is a serious condition of mood and behaviour that affects one in 50 people globally.
by Mark Singleton
From the UK to Canada, China to India, around the world, yoga is big business. In 2016, Americans alone spent US$16…
by Jessi Adler
Peer approval is the best indicator of the tendency for new college students to drink or smoke, even if they don’t want…
by Sara Bannerman
In January 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan argued that privacy concerns about the smart city proposed for Toronto’s…
by Kayla Zacharias
A new soy-based adhesive made from food components is even stronger than Gorilla Glue on wood, researchers say. On…
by Allen Cheng
For most infections, the long-standing advice is to take a full course of antibiotics.
by SciTech Now
How farming companies are using a carbon rich material to enhance soils and purify waste water.
by Tamara Bhandari
Belly fat affects the odds of women surviving kidney cancer but not men, a new study shows.
by Erin Hare
People living in colder regions with less sunlight drink more alcohol than their warm-weather counterparts, research…
by Andrew Smith and Jo McBride
The UK is experiencing record levels of employment, with over 32m people in work. But many workers and their families…
by Ivy Brashear
There have been times in Hannah Adams’ life when she’d been confused about her body and birth control. Sex education in…
Why do we often neglect big problems, like the financial crisis and climate change, until it's too late?
by Stuart Thompson
Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by…
by Nigel Holt
Honesty is one of the traits we value most in others. We often assume it is a rather rare quality, making it important…
by Charlie Durant, et al
Have you have seen ants this year? In Britain, they were probably black garden ants, known as Lasius niger – Europe’s…
by Suzanne Newcombe
From fairly obscure beginnings in the mid-20th century, the practice of yoga in Britain has become a massively popular…
by Mary Mello
There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its…
by David Cortright
Many are worried about the risk of war between the U.S. and Iran. But the truth is, the U.S. has been fighting with…
Written by Pam Younghans
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